Our man is the one with the wig.
Clue #1- Educated in Latin and physics, our man was a notable astronomer, geometer, architect, and mathematician-physicist.
Clue #2- Our man obtained the position of Professor of Astronomy at a London college in the mid1600's. He gave admission free weekly lectures in both Latin and English to all who wished to attend.
Clue #3- Our man, and a group of his peers, proposed a society "for the promotion of Physico-Mathematicall Experimental Learning." A Royal Charter was granted by Charles II and "The Royal Society of London for the Promotion of Natural Knowledge" was born.
Clue #4- With all of these talents, there was another skill for which he is best remembered- when in London, just look around.
Looks a little Newtonian to me. Though aside from London observing the laws of gravity & thermodynamics I'm not sure what I'd see there if I looked around.
architect? wren is the only one that comes to mind. forgive my ee cummings impersonation. down to one shift key on the laptop.
edit-never mind..........before him i beleive. i think zen is correct
Last edited by shutout; 09-26-2009 at 11:11 AM. Reason: change/update
The only other one of his buildings that we have in the States is at William and Mary College.
OK, WINNAH, your turn.......
Don't tell WKD we have his church..... and London Bridge.
you go. take a turn.
I know why I'm up now, but isn't this just a tad early for you, shutout?
Clue #1- At the age of 14, our man was sent to France to be educated, first at the College of Caen, then at Lycée Henri-Quatre. When he was 15, his father was sent to a debtors' prison, accompanied by his wife, for debts of over £5,000 because the British Navy had refused to pay his father money they owed him. Eventually his father let it be known that he was considering an offer from the Tsar of Russia for his services. Facing the prospect of losing such a prominent talent, the government relented and issued his father £5,000 to clear his debts in exchange for his promise to remain in Britain. So I believe our man, who also excelled in the same occupation, learned early to collect the cash first for his talents.
Clue #2- Our man, who at the time was an assistant to his father, narrowly escaped death and was severely injured on one of his first jobs. He certainly was not lucky, later in life he was showing his children a coin trick and accidently inhaled the coin. After the coin was dislodged, he needed a long recuperative period.
Clue #3- As with Wren, our man's "monuments" still exist, and can be found all over the British landscape still in use.
I'm thinking a bridge builder or engineer. Am I warm?
gadzooks. Half the British population were engineers.
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